Nagaland political crisis: 44 MLAs claim support for TR Zeliang, meet governor PB Acharya

Kohima: Amid the political crisis in the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF), supporters of former chief minister TR Zeliang, including Lok Sabha member Neiphiu Rio and 44 MLAs, called on Nagaland governor PB Acharya who promised to uphold the Constitution.

The meeting between them took place on Saturday and was confirmed by the Raj Bhavan public relations department as well as NPF MLA Imkong L Imchen.

File image of TR Zeliang. Courtesy:

File image of TR Zeliang. Courtesy:

During the meeting with the NPF and Independent legislators, the governor asserted that he would uphold the provisions of the Constitution, Imchen told PTI.

The 44 MLAs, comprising 36 from NPF, Zeliang and seven Independents, in the 60-member Assembly and Rio met the governor, he said. There is one vacancy in the House.

The legislators were seen posing with Acharya in photographs of the meeting which went viral on social media, including on Facebook and Whatsapp, during the day.

Zeliang, who has sought removal of Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, called on the governor to show that over 70 percent of the MLAs are backing him, his camp said. There is no opposition in the Assembly.

The former chief minister has garnered the support of the majority of NPF and Independent legislators and had staked claim to form a new government on 8 July. He and his supporters, who were camping at the Kaziranga National Park, returned to Kohima on Friday and are putting up at a hotel.

Earlier this year, Zeliang had to vacate the chief minister's post in the face of protests against the 33 percent reservation for women in the election to the urban local bodies.

The Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court had issued a stay order till 17 July against the directives of the governor asking Liezietsu to seek the vote of confidence in the state Assembly by Saturday. Liezietsu, along with his council of ministers, had met the governor on Friday and apprised him about the political situation.

The governor's directive to the chief minister was rejected by the state Cabinet. The matter will be taken up for hearing again on 17 July by the high court.

Liezietsu is seeking election to the House from Northen Angami seat in the 29 July bypoll, which is mandatory within six months of assuming power.

Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 21:37 PM

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